After defeating the Spartans in Salida last Friday 12-9 in a game-long defensive battle, the Pirates return to Golden Peaks Stadium tomorrow night to face the 4-1 Buena Vista Demons in the 2010 Pagosa Springs High School Homecoming game.
“It was a hard fought defensive battle,” said coach Sean O’Donnell of the game against Salida. “We had a hard time getting our offense started, but that was mostly because of some good defense played by the Spartans.”
Indeed, by the early second quarter, Salida held a definitive edge with a first quarter 15-yard touchdown run, and an early second quarter field goal gave the Spartans a 9-0 advantage.
However, moments later, the Pirates responded with a quick drive to the goal line and Tyson Ross scooting into the end zone, sending the Pirates into the half down 9-6.
The defensive battle was waged through most of the second half, with both teams scoreless in the third quarter. Finally, a short Ross pass to Daniel Puskas in the fourth put the Pirates out ahead for the first time in the game — good enough to carry Pagosa to the buzzer with a 12-9 win.
With Friday’s victory, the Pirates move to the top of 2A Mountain league standings with a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 in conference.
The Demons lost their only game this season on Sept. 10 to the 2A Powerhouse Colorado Christian Lions, shut out 38-0 in Buena Vista. While the Demons easily handled a dismal 0-6 St. Mary’s team 26-13 during their season opener (in Colorado Springs) and trounced the likewise hapless 1-5 Mustangs 55-22 in Manitou Springs three weeks ago, the Buena Vista Homecoming game against Bayfield came down to a late fourth quarter 95-yard drive, with the Demons narrowly pulling out a 20-14 victory after holding to a tie for almost the entire second half.
The Pirates’ defensive line will need to tighten up tomorrow night as they face 2A rushing leader Dakota Johnson who tops the division with a whopping 10.2 yard average.
“He’s probably the best back we’ve seen all year,” said O’Donnell, “He has good speed, he’s a good runner. But that’s not to take away from their fullback, Tim Allen, also a good runner.”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. tomorrow night; fans are advised to arrive early to get a good seat amongst an enthusiastic Homecoming crowd.